Assistant Director Operations Centre for Human Rights

Pretoria, South Africa
18 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development


The incumbent will be responsible for the oversight over and smooth running of the Centre’s operations. The incumbent will be:

  • Supporting the Director in the management of the Centre for Human Rights, which is a department in the Faculty of Law;
  • Overseeing project planning, management and reporting under various contracts;
  • Fund-raising for the Centre’s externally funded projects and programmes;
  • Representing the Centre in international fora;
  • Providing intellectual leadership to and engagement in Centre projects;
  • Building partnerships to fulfil the Centre’s mission; and
  • Teaching on the Centre’s programmes.


  • A Master’s degree in human rights law or a related field;
  • Established national and African profile and networks;
  • Five years’ experience in:
    • Project planning and proposal writing;
    • Management of sizable projects, including their monitoring and evaluation;
    • Liaison with a variety of stakeholders, particularly within Africa; Successfully raising funds and management of these funds;
    • Partnership building, particularly in African contexts;


  • Project planning and proposal writing;
  • Project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English;
  • Competence in any of the other AU languages (French, Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese);
  • A proven record of research, editing and publications in international human rights law or related subject fields;
  • Editing and production of publications;
  • Fundraising and competence in the management of these funds.


  • A doctoral degree qualification in a human right law or a related field;
  • A qualification in management;
  • A qualification in project management, including project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of working with African Union human rights bodies;
  • Experience in editing or production of publications;
  • A proven record of teaching and training in the subject field;
  • A proven record of research and publications in international human rights law or related subject fields.

PLEASE NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

CLOSING DATE:  01 March 2021

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES: Prof F Viljoen, Tel: (012) 420 3228 / 0733934181 for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 30 May 2021, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.